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Four Czech Gripen fighters and 30 Czech personnel are currently participating in the NATO Tiger Meet 2017 in Landivisiau, France, hosted by Flottille 11F squadron of the French Marine Nationale. As per the custom, one of the participating Gripen had a colourful tiger scheme on its tail.

The training missions in the Meet included simulated air combat exercises like search and destroy targets and rescue operations, and aerial refueling.

"The best part of the exercise is, of course, its extent and duration. You can find out the effectiveness of your own aerial combat tactics and complex mission planning," says the commander of the participating Czech squadron Lt. Col. Jaroslav Tomaňa.

Two days of the NATO Tiger Meet, 8th and 14 June, were Spotter's Days. On these two days, visitors could see and photograph all the participating fighter jets at five different spotting locations. 

NATO Tiger Meet 2017 will end tomorrow.

Read more here​.

Image Courtesy: Afbcaslav.cz​

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Gripen was one of the performers at the Kaivopuisto Air Show held on 9th June. The event was organised by the Finnish Aviation Museum and this time, the air show also celebrated 100 years of freedom.

A Gripen full scale replica was also on display at the event. Besides Gripen, Saab Draken, which served as a Finnish fighter from the 1970’s till the year 2000, also participated at this air show.​ 

Kaivopuisto has been a popular venue of many air shows since 1955. About 100,000 visitors attended the air show. Besides aerial displays by modern fighters, the air show also featured aviation history of the Finnish Air Force.

Saab is pitching Gripen E/F to Finland as the country is looking to replace its 55 F/A-18C and seven F/A-18D Hornets by 2021.

Read more here.  

Image Courtesy: Försvarsmakten


Amongst various other exercises, Swedish Air Force pilots also trained for air-to-air refuelling at the recently held ACE17.​

Video: Försvarsmakten​

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The Hungarian Air Force Gripen fighters have got distinguished company at the Load Diffuser 17 exercise being held at Kecskemét Air Base. Training participants included US OHANG (United States Ohio Air National Guard) nine F-16 fighter jets and two C-130 Hercules, the Slovakian Air Force’s  MIG-29, L-39 and Mi-8 aircraft, the Croatian Air Force’s Mi-8/17 helicopters and the Slovenian Defence Force’s PC-9 aircraft fulfilling its duties from the Kecskemét Air Base. 

Load Diffuser, which focusses on the joint training of the air-to-air and air-to-ground manoeuvres and the development of interoperability between the participating nations, is being hosted by the Hungarian Air Force.

The exercise started on 22 May and ends today.

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The South African Air Force (SAAF) held a demonstration on 1st June to assess its combat readiness. At the event, SAAF showcased its air power capability through use of  its most modern acquisitions such as Gripen and Hawk aircraft.

During the demonstration, simulation of various combat scenarios with live ammunition was carried out. The demonstration also included joint exercises with air and ground units, and aerial displays by BK-117 Helicopters, A109, Oryx and Gripen fighter jets.

Besides aerial displays, Gripen fighters and Hawks also flew bomb damage assessment and engaged in a mock dogfight. In total, six Gripen fighters participated.

Read the full story here​.

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Saab is hopeful about a potential Gripen deal in Croatia, reports Reuters.

Magnus Lewis-Olsson, Head of Market Area Europe, said that Croatia is likely to start taking offers very soon for its fighter aircraft programme.

According to Lewis-Olsson, “if not urgent, then at least it is happening quicker than anticipated.”

Croatia currently operates a fleet of MiG-21 fighter jets which it is looking to replace with multi-role aircraft. Earlier this month, Saab sent a Gripen and a Gripen simulator to Croatia to present the capabilities of the fighter.

As per Pierre Gauffin, Director Gripen Croatia, Gripen has some advantages over its competitors in Croatia. First, Gripen is the latest generation aircraft and will stay relevant for years to come. Also, Gripen has been a multi-role fighter from the beginning.​

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Saab has signed a contract with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) regarding the continued support and maintenance of Gripen C/D. The contract is valued at approximately SEK 1.9 billion and will be in effect from June 2017 to December 2019.

The contract primarily covers design and support, component maintenance, spare parts, the provision of logistics, and the procurement of certain equipment. In addition, the contract also allows for the requisition of technical system support, aircraft maintenance with associated spare parts, and the management of obsolescence.

"This contract will ensure effective Gripen C/D operation and availability for the coming years. Our support solutions contribute to Gripen's low life-cycle cost and provide the Swedish Armed Forces and other Gripen customers with the most effective means by which to sustain their aircraft," says Torsten Öhman, Acting Head of the Support and Services business area within Saab.

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Photo: Sören Nielsen​​

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Sweden will lead the ACE 2019 exercise, reports NSD.se.

Carl-Johan Edström, Squadron Chief at Norrbotten Wing, says that ACE 17 was a successful exercise.

"The weather was great for flying. We did various advanced missions, and next time the exercise is going to be even more complex," he says.

According to Edström, one of the best parts of an exercise like ACE is that it is easy to fly at various heights and over large areas in the northern Nordic region. "That is why this exercise is so much in demand," he says.

Read the full story here.

Image Courtesy: Forsvarsmakten and Luftforsvaret

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When you choose Gripen, you have the best fighter on side, meeting high operational requirements and still balancing cost efficiency needs. 

Photo: Jamie Hunter​

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Gripen's fly-past marked the new NATO headquarters handover ceremony last week.

Photo Courtesy: NATO

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